If you wondered why BMW Motorrad Australia was giving away free Navigator V GPS units with some new 2016 models, it’s because the Navigator VI is coming.
While the navigation system is the same as the V, the new VI has several new features.
One of the most important is that the new 5-inch screen is much more readable in direct sunlight thanks to a circular polarisation filter.
Internal storage capacity has increased from 8GB to 16GB so you can store more maps and routes and it features new route options called “Winding Roads”, “Avoid main roads”, “Avoid motorways” and “Round Trip”.
There is also a “Natural Guidance” function where the navigation instructions describe your surroundings. Maybe it says something like “turn left at the pink building”!
The new Navigator VI also now includes music streaming so you can listen to your phone’s music through the GPS and operate track selection via the buttons on the GPS or the multi-controller on the handlebars of some modes.
If you pair your smartphone and download the Garmin Smartphone Link app, you can also receive live traffic and weather reports. Apparently this feature is also works on the current model.
Map updates will be free and you can also get a car installation kit for the Navigator VI.
Free Navigator V
Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad Australia is running out the old Navigator V, valued at $1200, by offering it for free when you buy a new 2016 motorcycle.
The offer is only available on the following models while stocks last: R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure, R 1200 RT, R 1200 R, R 1200 RS, F 700 GS, F 800 GS, F 800 GS Adventure, and their C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maxi-scooters.
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